Sunday, February 5, 2012

Another Excerpt from Vertigo

Here is another excerpt from Vertigo.

I'll be back in a bit but next, I'll have my sister muses stop by and tell you about their next releases.



After losing his lover to mental disorder, Dr. Hayden Curry throws himself into work, silently wishing he could experience something extraordinary in love. He finds his match in David, a creature Hayden revives after discovering him and hauling him back to his lab. Upon awakening, David asks Dr. Hayden’s help in discovering more about himself. Hayden agrees but senses secrets in David. Will he get to the bottom of things and be able to continue the special relationship he and David have, or will the secrets that come forward tear them apart?

Back at home, London

Right after dessert, I went to my laboratory to have a look at the body we had picked up in Trafalgar.
Quickly, I washed my hands. I wrapped an apron around my waist before putting on my black gloves.
Lately, Berrows had assisted me with these inspections since I no longer had Lawrence. This time, something told me to do it alone. 
Once more, I pulled the cover off the being and gasped when I saw it fully unclothed. The face had whiskers and a long nose though the body was human.
Slowly, I touched the chest, outlining the pectorals of this specimen. Even through the leather material, it felt cold and stiff.
Nervous, I wiped the drops of sweat on my forehead with my wrist.
"Well, time to see what you are or were." I took another drink from my flask before grabbing a couple of tools. Although I did not consider myself dependent on liquor, I had always taken a bit to calm myself.
As I walked back over to the stiff thing that sat on my examining table, the heat from the lights started to get to me.
"Gods, it's hot in here." I walked away and put the tools back in their place.
I took off my gloves, reached for the pitcher of water, and poured a glass. I looked at the fangs of the beast. Cautiously, I walked over and leaned over its gaped open mouth.
"Hmph, maybe it died of thirst or hunger, I suppose." I sipped from my glass again then rubbed perspiration off my brow.
The moment I did, some of the sweat landed on the body. Once I moved to get my belongings, I could have sworn I heard it breathe.
What the?
Again, I looked at the decaying object, thinking that I felt tired or that my mind had played tricks on me. I took the scalpel to cut along the base of its throat.
I waved my freehand to fan myself since I continued to perspire.  
The minute I attempted to make an incision, I saw the chest rise.
"Oh dear, is this thing?" I heard the sound of panting and I stopped.
Inside its mouth, the tongue wiggled, as if it were sampling a morsel. Afterwards, I heard noises that sounded like smacking of the tongue and lips. Seconds later, the eyes started to flutter. I stepped back, watching the animal move suddenly.
"Ahhh, refreshments," the wolf bellowed.
I trembled in fear and my lips quivered.
Eyes, the color of the beautiful blue sea opened.
That moment, the rough decaying skin began to turn into flesh of a human. I sat there amazed, looking at the creature transform right before me.
Oh my God, what is this devil you have thrust upon me?
The animal sat up straight.
I held on to the wall for dear life, gawking at this thing shifting into another form.  As much as I wanted to move towards the door to escape, I felt too afraid of being seen by this thing.
It raised its human hands. Within the span of about five minutes, the wolf became a man. When he finished looking at itself, he turned around to peer at me.
"Doc, Doctor, Curry. Do not be scared, I swear I will not harm you." The voice calm and serene; much different from the growl he had just spoken less than ten minutes ago.
Stunned, I did not shift from that space. "How did you know my name and who or what are you?"
The man yanked the sheet from over his nakedness. "My name is David, Doctor Curry. I have heard of you from the papers. You are a famous doctor, who has made very exciting discoveries. From what the people say, you are very intelligent and might be able to assist me with my quest."
Still not able to stand, I slid down the length of the partition. "Help you in a quest, for what exactly?"
"To find out whom I am, what I am. Please don't be intimidated Doctor, I swear I won't hurt you, unless, you try to harm me." He reached out in my direction.
"Erm, David, I think I'll just sit here, I am a bit too weak to walk over there at the moment."
"Then I'll come to you, Dr. Curry," David hopped off the silver table and the sheet dropped to the floor.
Oh my.

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3 comments:

Debby said...

Oh my, how very intriguing. Love to read m ore of this one.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Catherine Lee said...

WELL, that answers my previous question about what kind of creature David is! Thanks for the additional excerpt.

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

BLMorticia said...

TY Debbie and Catherine...

:D